9 Day Four Star Venice, Florence & Rome by Rail

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9 Day Four Star Venice, Florence & Rome by Rail
Amadeus Hotel Venice
Grand Hotel Principe Venice
Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Florence
Venetia Palace Hotel Rome

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2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land
Sat, Mar 23  (Sold Out) $1219*

*Not Included:
Italian City Taxes (payable locally), transfers, optional tours, and gratuities.

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Your First Class rail tickets will be based on a set schedule and may not be altered. Exact times will be provided closer to your departure date.

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Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This independent program allows the flexibility to explore on your own. Affordable optional sightseeing excursions are available to enhance your holiday. Please note that this program is not escorted and therefore you will not have the services of a tour manager to assist with hotel check-in formalities and luggage handling. This program's unconstrained nature excludes group advantages associated with escorted tours.

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DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Italy
Depart to Italy

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Venice
Arrive in glorious Venice with its astonishing treasures and transfer independently to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, in this city built on over a hundred small islands and connected by 400 bridges
Overnight: Venice

DAY 3, Monday - Morning Walking Tour of Venice
Today, travel independently to Venice Santa Lucia Train Station, meet just outside on top of the staircase to begin a morning tour* of Venice. Start with a boat ride to the Island of Murano, known for its artistic and colorful Murano Glassware, and witness a glass blowing demonstration. Return to Venice for a walking tour, beginning with an orientation of St. Mark's Square where you will learn about the Square's most prominent monuments including the Golden Basilica of San Marco, the Doge's Palace, the Bell and Clock Towers. Proceed to Santa Maria Formosa Square and Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, the second largest square in Venice. Continue to the corner of Marco Polo's House and Malibran Theater. Then, return to St. Mark's Square through the Mercerie, a series of interconnecting streets that link Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square, and are the main streets in the city for shopping. The remainder of the day is at leisure or you may choose to enjoy an optional Gondola Serenade *This is a walking and orientation tour of Venice that does not include entry into any landmarks.
Optional: Gondola Ride with Music (PM)
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday - Travel to Florence by Rail
Travel to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance, by high speed rail. After check-in, spend the remainder of the day at leisure for individual pursuits
Overnight: Florence
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Wednesday - Florence Walking Tour
This morning, travel independently to the Perseo Statue inside the Loggia dei Lanzi in Signoria Square to begin your walking tour* of Florence in the open-air art museum. Admire the statues of the Loggia dei Lanzi, the Palazzo Vecchio before continuing to the splendid Ponte Vecchio. Walk to the magnificent Duomo, celebrated for its dome designed by Brunelleschi, and view the Baptistery's renowned "Gates of Paradise" by Ghiberti. Florence is indeed the center of the world's finest art and architecture. Balance of the day is at leisure or choose to join the optional tour of the Accademia Gallery, where Michelangelo's David is housed; stand in awe of this glorious work of art.
*This is a walking and orientation tour of Florence that does not include entry into any landmarks.
Optional: Accademia Gallery (PM)
Overnight: Florence
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Thursday - Travel to Rome by Rail
Today, travel via high speed rail to Rome, the astonishing city built on seven hills. After check-in, the rest of the day is at leisure. Enjoy the ancient Roman architecture or dive into the sumptuous culinary delights which abound citywidee
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Friday - Vatican Museum Tour
Today, travel independently to Caffe Vaticano, opposite the Vatican Museum entrance, to begin the guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica, skipping the lines. Upon arrival, your guide will lead you into the museums where you will visit one of the most important art collections in the world. Admire the Gallery of Tapestries and the Geographical Maps before arriving to the famous Sistine Chapel with its great frescoes by Michelangelo. Then continue to the unforgettable St. Peter's Basilica, built on the burial site of Saint Peter.* Afternoon is at leisure or choose to join the optional Ancient Rome tour to visit the fabled Colosseum
*Due to Religious events, the opening times of St. Peter Basilica are subject to change without notice. In these cases, you will visit the Vatican Library instead of the Basilica
Optional: Ancient Rome (PM)
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Saturday - Full Day in Rome
Spend the entire day exploring "The Eternal City" at leisure. Perhaps, visit the Pantheon, a magnificent ancient temple, the world's best-preserved ancient monument, that was later converted into a church and view Raphael's tomb. From here, take a stroll to the nearby beautiful Piazza Navona, to get a glimpse of the famous fountains by Bernini. Find a cafe table on the square and enjoy a cappuccino while you take in the action. You may also decide to join the optional Street Food tour and experience Rome’s culinary culture firsthand! Afterwards, continue your exploration of Rome
Optional: Street Food Tour in the Heart of Rome (AM)
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Sunday - Depart Italy
Transfer independently to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

Enjoy one of the highlights of any Italian holiday! Enjoy a relaxing gondola ride with music along the famous Grand Canal, and experience a piece of Venetian history. Glide along the centuries old canals, past lavish palaces and under famous arched bridges (the Gondola holds a maximum of six passengers. Please note that this is not a private gondola ride. Gondolas may depart in groups, with one singer offered per group).

Departs at 3:30 pm. Pick-up 15 minutes prior to departure time from Santa Maria del Giglio gondola pier. Drop-off at Santa Maria del Giglio gondola pier. Approximate tour duration is 30 minutes.

Day #3 01 Nov 2018 - 31 Mar 2019 $51.00
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Don't miss out on meeting one of the most famous and eclectic artists in the world: Michelangelo. Your personal guide will reveal the secrets of the Accademia Gallery and the creation of Michelangelo's world renowned masterpieces, such as the original version of David, I Prigioni and San Matteo. This is a must and will be a discovery for anyone interested in Michelangelo. It really is a once-in-the-life experience to stand in front of David.

Departs at 11:30 am from in front of the main entrance to the Accademia Gallery. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Approximate tour duration is 1 hour.

Day #5 01 Nov 2018 - 31 Mar 2019 $45.00
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Take a tour of Ancient Rome's major sights and skip the long lines for the Archaeological Area with a professional guide. Gain special access to the Colosseum, the giant amphitheater used for gladiator fights and public spectacles, and the largest building of its kind ever built in the Roman Empire. Admire the Arch of Constantine, walk along the pavement of the original Roman grid, which crosses the ruins of the Roman Forum.

Departs from outside the Colosseo Metro stop next to the Newspaper Stand. Please arrive 15 minutes prior. Tour ends in the Archaeological area. Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

Important: Due to security restrictions no backpacks, large bags, electric devices, or knives are allowed inside of the sights.

Day #7 11 Mar 2019 - 31 Mar 2019 $54.00
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Smell and taste the real flavors of Rome with a roman guide, in a small group. Venture through the heart of the Baroque city, along characteristic streets built on the ancient ruins. Here the sacred and the profane mix, soul and spirit are continuously nourished by the five senses. You’ll experience and understand Rome through its culinary heritage, sampling local specialties with your roman food-expert. A legacy of history and food, a joy for the soul... and the mouth!

Departs at 10:30 am from the fountain of the Four Rivers in the middle of Piazza Navona. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

*Please note this tour features a considerable amount walking on sometimes uneven surfaces, passengers with mobility issues, including wheelchairs or strollers, should consider this when booking. It is highly recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes.

Day #8 01 Nov 2018 - 31 Mar 2019 $63.00
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